| SUPREME COURT REVIEW
A handful of law firms argued multiple cases during the latest high court term — with varying degrees of success. Here’s how the familiar law firms fared in some of the most high-profile cases of the year.
Back at full strength, the justices worked their way through a docket full of blockbusters. Here’s our data-driven look at the term that was.
Once again, Justice Stephen Breyer was the most talkative member of the U.S. Supreme Court during oral arguments, but another member of the court turned heads by speaking out 50 percent more than she did in the prior term.
President Donald Trump said Friday he will announce his nominee to take Justice Anthony Kennedy’s place on the U.S. Supreme Court on July 9, and that he has narrowed down the pool of candidates to “around” five people, including two women.
Over three decades on the Supreme Court, Justice Anthony Kennedy perhaps became best known for upholding the constitutional right to abortions and to same-sex marriage, but his deference to states’ rights and his inclination to take a race-blind approach to legal analysis have complicated his civil rights legacy.
Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, the longest-serving active member of the U.S. Supreme Court, announced his retirement Wednesday after three decades on the high court. Here, Law360 analyzes his immense impact and what his departure means for the future of the court.
A California jury held Friday that Landmark Worldwide owes its former firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP $133,000 for unpaid work on an employee’s discrimination suit, rejecting the self-help company’s allegation that the firm committed malpractice by not advising it to claim insurance in the case.
Justice Neil Gorsuch on Thursday said the U.S. Supreme Court should settle a circuit split over whether courts should defer to statutory interpretations that federal agencies lay out for the first time in litigation, disagreeing with his colleagues’ decision to deny cert for a suit asking whether paid breaks offset the time DuPont workers spent putting on and taking off work gear.
A Virginia state judge on Friday tossed a marketing analyst’s claim that she was illegally forced to quit her job after a photograph of her giving President Trump’s motorcade the middle finger went viral, but preserved a claim alleging her former employer cut her severance payments short, her attorney said.
A California appeals court on Friday affirmed the denial of an anti-SLAPP bid by Twentieth Century Fox in its suit alleging Netflix poached its executives, rejecting Fox’s arguments that the streaming giant’s cross-complaint arises from protected speech or activity.
Volkswagen AG instituted a policy to remove older employees from the company as part of a rebranding strategy in the aftermath of the German automaker’s 2015 diesel emissions scandal, a 53-year-old worker alleged in a collective action filed in Tennessee federal court Friday.
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Democratic Sens. Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren on Thursday urged the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission to rethink their “safety zone” for allowing employers to share detailed wage information without violating antitrust laws.
A split National Labor Relations Board ruled Thursday that Dish Network Corp. was wrong to impose the terms of its final collective bargaining contract offer to the Communications Workers of America since the parties had yet to reach a valid impasse at the bargaining table.
A California state appeals court Thursday found a former National Football League player can’t stake a claim in California for workers’ compensation benefits, saying he was hired out-of-state and only played two games in the state out of a 110-game career.
A Texas appellate court has ordered a trial court to be more specific and identify which customers and clients are off-limits in an injunction issued in a dispute between National Circuit Assembly, its ex-employee and the competing company that ex-employee now works for.
A Florida judge said Friday he is leaning toward vacating a nearly $1 million jury award for a former city of Miami independent auditor who says he was fired for reporting securities violations, with the judge now weighing that the whistleblower did not go to Miami’s Civil Service Board with his retaliation claim before filing suit.
Although courts and companies have at times struggled to keep pace with the rapidly evolving challenges surrounding the use of cloud-based software, some best practices have emerged from the body of case law addressing claims of cloud-based appropriation of trade secrets, say attorneys with Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.
The NBA’s “one and done” rule, which prohibits high school players from entering the NBA and forces players to attend one year of college, has merely served as an economic restraint. The 2018 NBA draft provided an example of why the rule should be modified to give players greater employment rights, says Noah Goodman of Raynes Lawn Hehmeyer.
In this analysis of disciplinary action trends in the legal industry, Edwards Neils LLC managing member Jean Edwards examines data provided by bar organizations for 17 states and the District of Columbia.
As clients increasingly look to limit their own liability exposure, they can reasonably expect that their retained counsel should do the same. In this context, a carefully crafted, thoughtfully presented engagement letter can help a law firm strike a successful balance between protecting itself and preserving a client relationship, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.
Latham & Watkins LLP said Friday it will be led by London partner Richard Trobman effective immediately, following a months-long succession process kicked off by the sudden resignation of previous chair and managing partner Bill Voge.
The two law firms were among those that recently said they are making compensation changes for U.S. associates, according to internal memos made public Friday.
A Miami landlord has filed suit in Florida state court against Sedgwick LLP, one of three complaints filed in recent months alleging that the now-shuttered firm defaulted on its lease termination agreements when it closed up shop earlier this year.
Baker McKenzie has created a new director position aimed at streamlining its delivery of legal services, and it hired former Archer Daniels Midland Co. legal operations director David Cambria to fill the role, the firm said Friday.
Slater & Gordon (UK) LLP has been fined £80,000 ($105,671) by The Solicitors Regulation Authority for inspecting and sharing unredacted confidential information and documents of 7,087 client matters of Quindell Legal Services Ltd. without the firm’s knowledge, according to a decision that was published Friday.
Among the U.S. Supreme Court’s list of decisions this week, the justices ruled that unions can’t require government workers to pay fees and upheld President Donald Trump’s travel ban. Also this week, the president began his search to replace the retiring Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, who said he will step down from the bench on July 31. These are some of the stories you may have missed in the past seven days.
The end of the U.S. Supreme Court’s term this week was filled with fireworks. The high court upheld President Donald Trump’s travel ban and dealt a significant blow to public-sector organized labor, and then Justice Anthony Kennedy capped it all off by announcing his retirement, sparking a dizzying debate over both his legacy and his replacement. We’ll tackle it all on this week’s podcast.
For those who missed out, here’s a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week.